Burglars attack on Tewkesbury charity shop is 'heartbreaking' say staff

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Charity shop workers in Tewkesbury have described how they are 'shocked" and 'heartbroken" after thieves broke into their shop.

The burglars took donated items, including high-end horse riding gear, and ransacked the Riding for the Disabled shop in the early hours of Thursday.

The charity supports disabled adults and children by offering therapy horse riding sessions.

Nikki Charlesworth, shop manager said: "We have worked really hard to get this all together. Working through donations and things and we were just getting to a stage where the shop was going really well.

"It was just a bit shocking and heartbreaking because people have worked hard, earned their own money and bought clothes and then had the kindness to donate them to us to help children in Gloucestershire. "

Cotswold RDA supports disabled adults and children by offering therapy horse riding sessions.

The thieves smashed windows and damaged shelving as they searched for items to steal

The charity shop is on Tewkesbury's High Street where is has been open less than a year, first welcoming customers in December 2021.

Staff say around £2000 worth of stock was stolen in the incident.

This is the charity's first high street store in the UK and according to staff has been taking around £300 a day.

The charity shop opened in December 2021

Lesley Gorton, general manger of Cotswold Riding for the Disabled said: "We have quite a special charity shop here with a lot of country and equestrian wear and we had a whole rack of really nice show jackets that would be a couple of hundred pounds new.

"That whole rack was taken, which obviously leads me to believe someone had been in here and knew exactly what they were after."

A donation page set up by the charity following the break in has so far raised more than £800.